20 Smartest Cities in America

Lafayette, Indiana

Another city ranked among the most intelligent by Lumosity is Lafayette, IN. Coming in as the #3 smartest city on Lumosity’s list, Lafayette is home to Purdue University, which is one of the country’s most respected research centers. Purdue has also earned the nickname “the cradle of astronauts,” as an incredible 22 Purdue alumni have been sent to space, including Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan.

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Washington, DC

We should hope that the city in charge of running the whole country is full of smart people! Lucky for all of us, DC’s citizens are major overachievers. More than 48% of adults there are college educated while almost 22% have earned a graduate or professional degree.

Also is it just us, or does everyone in Washington love jogging? Do they run because they’re smart or are they smart because they run? We’ll never know, because we’d probably have to start jogging to find out.

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Palo Alto, California

It’s not surprising that the city known as the heart of Silicon Valley houses some of the brightest and most innovative people in the country. Nearly 80% of Palo Alto residents have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, and many are employed by the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Tesla, IDEO, and Space Systems/Loral.

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